In today’s world of nuclear families and lives overtaken by technology, interaction with other human beings has come to a minimum. Speaking to someone means speaking on the phone, and hanging out actually means video calling using ‘Google Hangouts’. In this era of technology, having at least a meal with your family becomes very important, as that might be the only time during the day, where you can spend time with them. More often than not, dinner is the time during which families can sit together at the end of the day and update each other about the happenings in their lives.
Here are a few reasons why we think it is very important to have dinner together as a family.
1. Family Dinners Help Strengthen Your Relationship
Eating a meal together with your family could potentially mean better familial bonds, as it provides a time for everyone to be together. For your kids, this could help boost their sense of belonging and give them a feeling of security. A family that shares their meals and sorrows definitely has a stronger bond than one that doesn’t.
2. Family Dinners Help Kids Be Healthy
Family dinners usually mean that kids eat healthy meals at regular intervals. This makes way for a healthy lifestyle for kids, thus ensuring that kids don’t end up being overweight or obese. Having meals at home also means that kids don’t eat out often and thus, make healthier food choices.
3. Family Dinners Help in Portion Control
Usually, when you eat in restaurants, you eat almost 60% more than what you would consume at home. Also, with the portions served in restaurants constantly increasing, the most obvious and healthy choice for dinner would be eating at home.
4. Family Dinners Help Relieve Stress
If you or your spouse has a really stressful and demanding job, then having dinner with your family might just be the time you need to recover from a long, hard day at work. The effect can be felt on everyone, from the mother and father to the children – all of you would feel much happier and lighter after a meal with people (loved ones) who are willing to listen to you.
5. Dinners At Home Help You Save Money
But, of course! Eating at home regularly means that you don’t eat out regularly, which not only means you stay healthy, but also means huge savings. Also, each time you eat a home, you are actually saving money, time and food.
6. Your Kids Will Learn To Love Their Veggies
In the off chance that your kids don’t like vegetables, it might be possible that regular dinners at home will help them learn to like vegetables. This also means that kids could consume lesser fried food and soda. Veggies help in fulfilling daily nutritional requirements, and this can easily be done when meals are had at home rather than outside.